PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has been ranked #2 among the nation’s research-oriented medical schools, according to the annual survey by U.S.News & World Report, rising from #3 in last year’s survey.  The prestigious survey of the nation’s 126 fully-accredited medical schools ranked Harvard University in first place and Johns Hopkins University third.

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Penn also was placed among the nation’s top five medical schools in four areas of specialty training, including Pediatrics (#2), Women’s Health (#3), Internal Medicine (#4), and Drug/Alcohol Abuse (#4). Penn’s Ph.D. specialty program in immunology and infectious disease was ranked 7th in the nation.

And in the magazine's ranking of best medical schools for primary care, Penn was ranked #7 in the nation – up from #12 last year.

The complete survey is available online, as a newsstand book, Best Graduate Schools, on April 20, 2010, and in the magazine’s May issue available on April 27th.

“Penn’s outstanding ranking and continued climb in the survey reflects the exemplary efforts of our faculty and staff, and their tireless commitment to provide an exceptional educational experience for the next generation of physician/scientists,” said Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System.

The criteria to determine the top medical schools for research and primary care included quality assessment by peer institutions, research activity, faculty resources and student selectivity.

Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.